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1-8-18 Newsletter

Newsletter – 1-8-18

12-18-17 Newsletter

Proverbs 29:1

If you will, imagine with me for a moment a wonderful Christmas morning. Presents are around the tree and the roast turkey is in the oven spreading its aromatic allure across the house. You sit down around the tree and unwrap a plethora of presents to the delight of many. After presents, breakfast, a nap, and some much-needed coffee, you hear the cars begin to arrive with friends and family members from near and far. Joyous cries of celebration ring out as loved ones rarely seen arrive in full form with family in tow.

Now for some of you this is a happy memory, but for others this is the sound of dread because of one or two guests. For you know that with the arrival of one or two comes the questions and criticisms about life choices, food choices, even hair choices. The criticism, no matter how well-intended, overflows. Though much of this criticism will be unhelpful and possibly even well-deserved, I encourage you to keep the words of this Proverb well in your heart today. Take the criticism, measure its worth, and then either toss it or treasure it, but whatever you do, do not refuse it.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 12-18-17

12-11-17 Newsletter

1 John

The book of 1 John deals with the issue of love on every page. What better time for us to read all about love than the Christmas season! Hopefully this week you are getting cards from family and loved ones all across the different intersections of your life that are reminding you of their love for you and your family.

The greatest love that we have to share does not come from family no matter how wonderful they might be. 1 John says that the only reason we can love is because Christ first loved us. This Christmas, whether it’s a difficult relationship or a new challenge, I encourage you to love first.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 12-11-17

12-4-17 Newsletter

Daniel 10-11

Reading through the Old Testament, specifically the minor prophets like Daniel, can seem to drag on at times. Other times they can be confusing to track much less understand.

I can remember being a teenager and reading Daniel thoroughly for the first time. I was engulfed in language about the Northern and Southern kingdoms and their wars. I could not read enough about the end times and made every attempt to decipher what was to come. As I read it now though, my heart is not enthralled as it once was. I find that the most lovely thing in Daniel is the promised Messiah.

Sometimes it is difficult to see Jesus when other things seem fun and are unintentionally distracting. I encourage you to read your Scriptures and discipline your quiet time this week in hopes of keeping your focus on Christ when there are so many other distractions at Christmas.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 12-4-17